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Posted: 04/25/19 07:43am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I used to always get Sears Diehard Gold batteries. Never ever had a problem with any of them. But my local store is now closed


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If you travel a lot especially out west I would get the Walmart starting battery because there are Walmart's every where you travel. My last starting battery in the MH from Walmart lasted 9 years. I changed the tow cars batteries twice on trips one under warranty. The newer batteries have a 5 year warranty.

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I lean towards Deka batteries.

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suprz wrote:

I'm just looking for a new chassis battery for my 2006 E450 super duty

Figured it's time for a new one seeing how I have no idea how old this one is, and I think it's getting weak

I'd recommend the same approach for the engine battery as for the coach batteries: Install the largest and best battery that will fit and that you can afford. The last engine battery I had installed in our E450 based Class C was one of the Ford OEM batteries specified for their diesel pickups, which just happened to fit.

The way I figure it, you aren't going to find a Walmart in places like this: [emoticon]

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I just checked with my local ford truck center and a new oem with 900CCA is 139.00. Before the core refund. That's not too bad. I've heard good things about the ford I'm batteries

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suprz wrote:

I just checked with my local ford truck center and a new oem with 900CCA is 139.00. Before the core refund. That's not too bad. I've heard good things about the ford I'm batteries


You shouldn't be disappointed with that battery.

However, even for a starting battery ... I actually prefer AGM technology for that battery ... like the ultra-reliable AGM starting battery I have in my 4X4 PU.

I find it tough to remember to check the water level in my E450 motorhome's heavy duty liquid acid OEM Ford starting battery - good as the battery might be otherwise. [emoticon]

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I like the BatteriesPlus X2Power AGM batteries so when the Group 65 flooded battery was failing I replaced it with this: https://www.batteriesplus.com/battery/ca........per-duty/2006/v10-6.8l-650cca/sli65agmdp

5 year full replacement. When dry camping I like another AGM deep cycle source.
It was 10% off ordering online and picking up in store.

The Duracell AGM looks good too:

https://www.batteriesplus.com/battery/ca........super-duty/2006/v10-6.8l-650cca/sli65agm

* This post was edited 04/25/19 08:47pm by RambleOnNW *


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RambleOnNW wrote:

I like the BatteriesPlus X2Power AGM batteries so when the Group 65 flooded battery was failing I replaced it with this: https://www.batteriesplus.com/battery/ca........per-duty/2006/v10-6.8l-650cca/sli65agmdp

5 year full replacement. When dry camping I like another AGM deep cycle source.
It was 10% off ordering online and picking up in store.

The Duracell AGM looks good too:

https://www.batteriesplus.com/battery/ca........super-duty/2006/v10-6.8l-650cca/sli65agm
I don't know much about the AGM batteries and know there are advantages such as not having to add water and vibration but how long do the last compared to wet cells? At $200-$300 apiece I would hope they would last at least twice as long.

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Hi Gjac,

If the owner of flooded batteries is careful, their life span may often exceed those of AGM. If the owner is careless then AGM may win the life span challenge hands down.

Where AGM shine is their almost zero need for maintenance, and superior discharge and charging rates.

I certainly don't miss laying down in the snow to check electrolyte levels.


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I don't know much about the AGM batteries and know there are advantages such as not having to add water and vibration but how long do the last compared to wet cells? At $200-$300 apiece I would hope they would last at least twice as long.



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My ride is a 28 foot Class C, 256 watts solar, 556 amp hours of AGM in two battery banks 12 volt batteries, 3000 watt Magnum hybrid inverter, Sola Basic Autoformer, Microair Easy Start.

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Hi Don, so it is maintenance that justifies the cost? I wish my batteries were on a slide out to make them easier to add water and clean the terminals. It is just hard for me to justify spending 3 times the cost per battery if they don’t last at least twice as long.

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